Infraction displays fractioned time

Design submitted by Lloyd from the UK.

Lloyd says: “Infraction” is an LCD concept watch design which, as the name suggests, displays the time and date literally “in” what appear to be fractions. Don’t worry, though. Absolutely no maths is needed and telling the time is very easy.

There are 2 slightly different cryptic modes and a ‘quick reveal’ mode too. In both cryptic modes, 4 large digits displaying the time and date, are hidden by removing sections of their outlines to leave smaller digits or, if that isn’t possible, partial ones. These remaining figures retain enough of the larger digits’ outlines to make reading them easy once you know what to look for. In the slightly more cryptic-looking mode, 4 horizontal lines are added between 4 pairs of vertically adjacent numbers to make them resemble fractions. The 18 rectangular boxes in the middle of the display are for displaying either the seconds or the year. The first digit of each number is indicated in the 9 boxes on the left and the second one in the 9 boxes on the right.

Infraction has a date mode, touch sensitive buttons and is USB rechargeable via a computer. It also has an alarm and an EL backlight which makes the display easier to read at night. The watch’s case and strap are stainless steel and the display is “always on”.

This design would appeal to anyone who loves quirky modern gadgets, puzzles, optical illusions, creativity and thinking “outside the box”.

Hopefully, its unique and puzzling display makes it stand out from other designs.

26 thoughts on “Infraction displays fractioned time

  1. Very nice Lloyd, at first glance I didn’t have a clue what was going on but after reading your text all became clear.
    I find not focussing on the display like you would a magic eye picture helps see the time super quick. Top banana sir! 5/Y best of luck! 😀


  2. This is one of my favorites from Lloyd! It’s cryptic, but only deceptively as the time is simple to read when the mind is geared for puzzle-solving and the eyes adjust itself to the it. Reading the seconds may not be as easy as reading the hours and the minutes, but with a little effort and luck, you may be able to decipher that too.

    In any case, a very fun surprise and when you understand how it’s read, you’ll feel a bit smug and privileged about knowing it–at least I did!

    5 and yes! Good luck, Lloyd!


    • Hey thanx Ai. Nice to know you like this one. The seconds are really just to add some constant movement to the display and to make it look a bit like one of those control panels you see in old sci-fi shows with rows of lights constantly turning on and off. They also make the display look like a fraction too by dividing the top numbers from the bottom ones.


  3. Great numerals, they are very easy to read, but still look cryptic enough to bamboozle others! I think it is a winner!



  4. Very impressive. A great design – cryptic, but easy to read when you know how.
    The final image with the quick reveal seems to produce an even more cryptic dark version on my screen – is that right?
    Anyway, I really like this – good luck and 5*/Y


    • Thanx very much for your support Nev. 🙂 The last image looks like the others on my screen in times of brightness so I don’t know what’s happened to you. Sorry. Anyway, really chuffed you like the design. Why don’t you send in some designs? You seem very interested in watches. 🙂


      • Just looked at the page on a Windows desktop and the reveal works fine there, just didn’t on my iPad.

        I am interested in watches (and now have 8 TF watches, 4 clones of discontinued ones and one of the Abyss touch-sensitive watches).

        Problem for designing is that I do not have appropriate design tools or the skill to use them – both significant limitations. So, I’m a critic only!

        I do have ideas, but would need help from one of you guys to turn them into reality.


      • I second what mushy said; ‘just have a go’. =) There are a few free image processing softwares you could use, if Photoshop is beyond your (or anyone else’s) budget.

        Otherwise, I’m sure a number of the good people hanging out here would be prepared to do a co-op if you ask nicely. =) I’d volunteer, but I’ve got a bit too much on my plate at the moment.


  5. Very nice, Mushy! To be clear, the second boxes on the left will never indicate past ‘5’, correct? Nice to see you back. Working to have protections in place for my latest by EOY…always evolving. 5*/y!


  6. In a word; Genius! At first I thought the display looked waaay too busy, but then I read the description, saw the light and marvelled. =) It’s not quite to my taste, so I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself, but I applaud the idea. Really very clever indeed… Best of luck, I hope it gets made!


  7. Ultra cryptic but genius inside! I only hope the case is a bit more stylish but the puzzle is enough to attract those who appreciate the art of Aha! 5*/Yes and Good lucky!


  8. I like the quick reveal & the semi-cryptic modes. I don’t like the cryptic mode, because of the fraction bar. I love the constant animation the seconds give. (I was wondering what these boxes was for.)


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